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      East Albany residents protest new duplex

      East Albany residents attended Thursday's Albany Planning Commission meeting to plea to the board to dent rezoning an area of land located at 508 Johnson Road to allow for the construction of rental property.Christopher Hatcher, the owner of the land, says the property will be a 55 and over rental community.The facility will be two and three bedroom duplexes, however, no single family dwellings.One resident who lives near that area if land is concerned because she feels that the apartment complex will decrease the value of her home.Others are concerned about traffic in that area, which they say is already bad.They also say since Sylvester Elementary School has been closed the crime will get even worse.City commissioner Jon Howard and Dougherty County School Board member Darrel Ealum, turned out in support of the residents who came out to protest the duplex being placed in their community.One woman says that area doesn't need anymore apartment complexes, only single family homes that will build up the image and promote home buyers to come into the area.They've already lost Winn Dixie and a school. They say its one of the last good neighborhood in east Albany.The Planning Commission voted 4-2 for the land to be rezoned. A public hearing will be held on June 25th. The issue will then go before the Albany City Commission for a vote.Stay connected to as stories develop and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation and connect with FOX 31!